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  • HealthAnswers.com provides objective ratings, profiles and directories of 400 health plans, 5,000 hospitals and 600,000 doctors for health care consumers. The web site also has maps, driving directions and links to many individual sites located in the database.
  • SafeMedication.com features detailed drug information from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists that helps consumers find detailed information about their medicines.
  • Learn more about COPD at HealthSmart.org HealthSmart is a service of the National Business Coalition on Health. This site is designed to help consumers of health care learn more about how to manage their own chronic disease, and to educate consumers on disease prevalence. To do so, the site contains disease-specific information, resources, and other helpful links.
  • HealthGrades, promotes quality health care by informing consumers of the vast quality differences among the nation's hospitals, by assisting high performing hospitals in promoting their programs, and by helping poor performing hospitals to improve their quality. HealthGrades works closely with the Leapfrog Group to disseminate information on hospital patient safety activities to consumers, payers, and employers. The site also features detailed reports that contain invaluable health care quality information on Nursing Homes, Physicians and Hospitals.
  • The USDoL Health Benefits Advisor, the Advisor is designed to help workers and their families better understand employer and employee organization (such as a union) provided group health benefits and the laws that govern them, especially when they experience changes in their life and work situations — such as marriage, childbirth, job loss or retirement. The Advisor may assist employers in understanding their responsibilities under the applicable laws.
  • Counting Costs and Calories, this report by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs tells the story of obesity in Texas, its costs to Texas employers and the devastating health effects on today's workforce and our children — the workforce of tomorrow. Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. In 2005, there were 3 million more obese adults in Texas than in 1990. Employers bear the majority of costs associated with obesity. If nothing is done to reverse or slow this trend, the cost to employers could reach $15.8 billion by 2025. Ultimately, we must become a society focused on preventing obesity, rather than treating the diseases it causes.
  • Ask Medicare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Ask Medicare initiative in 2008 with the goal of helping those who care for Medicare beneficiaries. CMS developed several tools to support this initiative:
    When Employees Become Caregivers, a manager's workbook to bridge the gap between employers' expectations and caregivers' needs, and provide guidance on eldercare programs in the workplace.
    Medicare Basics: A Guide for Caregivers, helps caregivers navigate health issues for Medicare beneficiaries.
    Discharge Planning Checklist, developed to help caregivers and beneficiaries understand their needs and assess their ability to meet those needs after their stay in a hospital.
  • URAC Workforce Development Initiative, URAC's new Workforce Development initiative offers consumers several free multi-media tools they can use to make better health care decisions, assume more "ownership" over their health care, and increase their ability to take on new behaviors to improve their health and the quality of care they receive. Included in this set of consumer resources is a free eLearning course, "Understanding Your Health Insurance." The course covers key areas including defining health insurance concepts; identifying the impact of rising health care costs; comparing the different types of health insurance plans; and defining important elements of health insurance, including prescription coverage, case management, and wellness.

Coalitions

  • National Business Coalition on Health, this organization has a membership of 90 employer led coalitions across the United States, representing 8,000 employers and 35 million employees and their dependents. NBCH and its members have a common goal of market-based health care reform including improving the value, meaning the quality and cost, of health care provided through employer-sponsored health plans, as well as the health care delivery systems of entire communities. Termed the coalition of coalitions, NBCH represents each community coalition at the national level and serves as a resource, clearinghouse and information center linking all coalitions. As the national voice for Community Health Reform to regions with employers yet to be organized into a collective power. Providing expertise resources and a voice to its member coalition across the country, NBCH is dedicated to making the coalition movement the vehicle for meaningful change in the health care system throughout the United States.
  • Texas Business Group on Health, a recognized voice of business regarding employer-sponsored health care in Texas. TBGH is dedicated to the development and support of community-based business health care coalitions and employers across the state. TBGH is the guiding influence and leader in health care policy development.
  • Texas Coalition for Worksite Wellness, a program of TBGH, is dedicated to finding positive, innovative solutions to the challenges posed by our current health care system by emphasizing prevention, wellness and disease management in our workplaces and health benefit systems. Many tools and resources are available on this site.
  • LeapFrog Group, the Leapfrog Group's goal is to initiate breakthroughs in the safety and quality of health care in the US. The Leapfrog Group has just launched a web-survey to gather information from hospitals nationwide about their practices on three hospital patient safety standards. Leapfrog purchasers will share results with enrollees and the general public.

Disease Management

Legislative

  • Texas Association of Business, representing companies from the largest multi-national corporations to small businesses in nearly every community of our state, TAB works to improve the Texas business climate and to help make our state's economy the strongest in the world.

Quality Improvement